Joe Biden campaigned as a centrist. He even claimed to be the guy who “beat the socialist.” But sitting in the Oval Office any moderate instincts have fallen by the wayside and he governs like a hard left Democrat. Former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz details the bait and switch.
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Chaffetz: “The marketing of Joe Biden as a centrist alternative to Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was completely wrong. That brand was sprinkled throughout his campaign and his inaugural address, in which he called to unite the nation and promised to be a president for all Americans. So far, the promise of Joe Biden and the reality are two different things. There is nothing bipartisan or moderate about the way the Biden-Harris administration has governed in the first 100 days.
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Instead, we’ve seen Biden go it alone with an unprecedented number of executive orders this early in a presidency. We’ve seen massive deceptively marketed spending sprees passed on a party-line vote. We’ve seen many of Biden’s long-held ‘moderate’ positions abandoned. What we haven’t seen is bipartisanship.
The promise of Joe Biden as president was supposed to be his ability to bring people together. His Senate experience allegedly suited him to be the great negotiator – the mainstream Democrat who could leverage decades of political relationships to push through reforms with broad bipartisan and public support. There has been none of that.
Bipartisanship is no longer even a pretense. Biden still has not met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with whom he brags of having influenced in previous legislative battles. Nor has he had a single conversation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., whose requests to meet have been ignored. In his one early nod to bipartisanship – a Feb. 1 White House meeting with 10 Republican senators whose votes Biden hoped to pick off for his COVID relief spending spree – was little more than window dressing. The senators afterward released a joint statement describing an administration that ’roundly dismissed our effort’ to curtail non-COVID-related spending in the bill.
The good faith that accompanied that meeting now squandered, Biden has even less hope of winning votes for his bloated infrastructure package. So much for the great negotiator. The policies of Biden and Harris must also come as a surprise to those who voted for the ticket hoping for some kind of reasonable middle ground. Instead, Biden has dispensed with his own long-held positions on abortion, court packing and the filibuster. And he has taken extreme positions on the Green New Deal, border security and the Second Amendment.
Biden’s alleged moderate agenda was marketed to appeal to Reagan Democrats, centrist independents and Trump-weary Republicans. But that agenda has been supplanted by one socialists and anarchists now applaud. Biden has come to reflect the extreme wing of his party, with self-proclaimed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., saying Biden has ‘exceeded expectations that progressives had.’ ” AOC says he has exceeded her expectations. Think about that. Then you’ll get the real character and ideology of the Biden administration.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on May 1, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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